Born in 1946 in Kansas City, MO, Roger Aldridge
jazz as a child thanks to his mother’s collection of
big band recordings. Roger started on alto saxophone when
was 9 and developed an interest in composition in his
teens. This led him to study composition & arranging at
Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
At Berklee, Roger studied jazz composition with Herb
and Charlie Mariano, classical composition with William
Maloof and John Bavicchi, and woodwinds with Joe Viola.
Afterwards, he studied composition with Dr. Robert Wykes,
Dr. Stephanie Owen, and Dr